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Re: “Picking up the pieces of Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. Carstarphen will have to accomplish a lot in a very short period of time as her average tenure with any school district as an administrator appears to be around three years at the most. She "breezed" in and out of Austin so quickly, we were not really sure of what she accomplished. She made some changes and started some special programs but they had not been around long enough to show solid gains or success that she could claim as her own.

Posted by Douglas Beare on 04/14/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Learning to hit a lick Part II

May God continue to bless all the families affected by this. I'm at a lost for words this story has really got me speechless you never know what your going to find. I had never heard of this case before but I'm so grateful to have found this story. God bless you

Posted by Kisha Harris Williams on 04/10/2015 at 12:41 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

From: All the teachers Tamara Cotman tried to harass and bully.
To: Tamara Cotman
Re: Upcoming Meeting

Agenda: Teachers will list ways the judge and the DA will tell Tamara Cotman to Go To Hell

In case you forgot Tamara, the meeting is on the 13th. Attendance is optional for the teachers mentioned above, but you you, it's mandatory.

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th :)

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Posted by Best served cold on 04/10/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

a-double dollar sign-clowns

v creative

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Posted by nohyphens on 04/10/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

And, as usual, CL takes a very soft approach toward blaming the SYSTEM - the tainted, corrupt, bigoted system, that is bolstering the privatization of our schools, and that is relying more and more on a standardized, diluted curriculum, corporate drone-ifying and zombie-fying our students.

Of course the rights of the kids in the article were violated - but it's not the teachers perpetrating the bulk of the crimes. It's the Board of Ed, it's the central office personnel, it's the Superintendents, it's the politicians - those are the ones to blame. CL, WHY do you soft-peddle when it comes to education??

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Posted by Fleurdumal on 04/09/2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

The teachers should not have cheated, but the blame MUST fall on the shoulders of the administrators and superintendent (now deceased), as well as on the outrageously unjust SYSTEM that puts unreasonable pressure on teachers to show progress among students who struggle due to poverty. It's not that they cannot learn; it's that the odds are stacked against them, heavily, because they live within a economic system tainted with bigotry. And it's the educational SYSTEM, bolstered by Bush AND Obama (Dem hands are just as dirty) that is the ultimate culprit. But as usual, it's the teachers who are scapegoated, and who must pay the price by going to JAIL, alongside murderers! It's the profiteering testing companies, and the school privatization rogues (Bill Gates, et al) and the government - all in collusion to destroy public ed as we know it. And yet, it's the children and the teachers who suffer the most.

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Posted by Fleurdumal on 04/09/2015 at 9:57 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

Glenn Gibson needs to take a serious look at himself, because he is one step removed from the a$$clowns in the post above. Christopher Waller doesn't want to have a conversation with me, he wants my $%^# money and after doing his d@mn best to destroy the careers of fellow African-American educators, he isn't getting a d@mn cent from me.

What kind of a$$clown thinks people are stupid enough to believe Waller doesn't want any profit, when Waller could go to any number of sites and tell his story for free?

Be grateful you had the sense to plead out Waller because you rightfully deserve to be where Pitts, Cotman and Davis-Williams will soon be heading, if justice prevails.

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Posted by Say no to a$$clowns, say yes to justice on 04/09/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

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Posted by Glenn Gibson on 04/09/2015 at 2:52 PM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

What about the teachers who lost their jobs trying to speak out against the cheating? Where is the justice for them? What is APS doing for them? Maybe some of these a$$clowns like Derrick Bozeman need to think about the damage administrators like Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis Williams, and Michael Pitts did to dedicated African-American educational professionals before blaming Paul Howard for recommending they get exactly what they deserve for their actions.

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Posted by Say no to a$$clowns, say yes to justice on 04/09/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “We need to talk about HIV

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Posted by DaveAubrey on 04/09/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

I greatly appreciate you keeping the spotlight on this problem. I wish I had the answers but it has to be fixed. We can't just cast aside those in the "have-not" districts and declare it someone else's problem. My heart breaks for these kids that were screwed over by the APS cheating scandal. Those teachers are criminals, they have robbed these kids at a chance in life. Would they all have been successful? Of course not, but we know that some would have done great, some would have done enough to earn a reasonable living and some would end up not doing great.

Cutting waste in the central office, putting money back in the classrooms, holding teacher performance accountable while giving them the freedom to actually teach all sound like good starts to me but I'm a neophyte in this area.

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Posted by jonnymack1 on 04/09/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “What's next for Atlanta Public Schools?

Who cares? Apparently parents of children in the schools do not. Convicted teachers have protest groups demanding lower sentences. Lawyers seemed to be amazed at the decision. We have a Dekalb Executive indicted essentially on racketeering, Dekalb County executives convicted on school construction fraud. We have a sheriff that has a newly elected sheriff assassinated a few ago. It goes on and on if you read the papers. It is hard for me to believe that blacks care enough.

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Posted by Frederick Bailey on 04/09/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “30 years of the good, the bad and the weird-as-hell

Did I miss a mention of Backstreets? Best sound system in the south east where time stood still and you never left before the sun came up. It was a gay bar that welcomed gay and straight alike to a great show and dance the night away. And Eats on ponce...where, once upon a time, for $3 you could get a half blackened chicken, cornbread, broccoli, and black beans on rice. The Righteous Room- the best turkey melt with sunflowers. The Cotton Club...Dotties...the list goes on and on. All had their own flavor and fun, Stein Club (that was mentioned above) was one of the best- RIP.

Posted by L5Girl on 04/07/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “We need to talk about HIV

Too many witchdoctors to choose between, amirite?


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Posted by wesleywhatwhat on 04/06/2015 at 9:57 PM

Re: “We need to talk about HIV

CL, please close this thread. You are doing more harm than good by giving a platform to whack jobs peddling herbal treatments to incurable diseases.

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Posted by Seriously, keep your house clean on 03/27/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Atlanta's best soccer pubs

Have anybody know where is pub for Barcelona supporters fan ? I just moved here ..

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Posted by Joe Natakuatong on 03/22/2015 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The lost world of City Hall East

for someone who grew up in North East GA and lived in GA for almost 19yrs I have never heard of the building in ATL. my dad grew up in ATL n he has never mentioned that place to me growing up. back in the late 90s I used to go raving in ATL n never noticed that building...thanks for sharing it! too bad I will never be able to explore it due to me living in TN plus I say they done something to it by now n if not I'm a white girl n I know better to go that area thanx to my raving days when boyfriend at the time told me to never come into this side of ATL by my self being white cause the gangs r really bad and I would end up getting raped or I said thanx for the pics

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Posted by ShreekyDa StonerLette Luci Norton on 03/21/2015 at 7:11 AM

Re: “How we’re voting on the Infrastructure bond vote

"@Darryl It's your opinion that it's bad, you've got to accept that others see the list of projects as a reasonable one to spend some money on. I don't see any evidence that the mayor's acting in a panicked fashion. The city's got money in the bank and good credit and interest rates are low. If we can start some momentum with a bond issue, I say let's do it. I respect that you disagree..."

No, I don't think that you do respect my opinion, in part b/c you insist that I need to see that blahblah, etc., as though other, apparently clear thinkers such as yerself will enlighten me.

You think I haven't thought this over deliberately & difficultly ?
There are many things that I think need to be fixed but this is a pig-in-a-poke package & I just got back from doing what I can to nix it.

It's too vague, seeks to poor money into the same pot-holes (literal & figurative) that have been sucking up funds for years, without actually proposing how to solve probs & includes some really bad ideas such the Cop Camerarama; council member discretionary slush (could be good, likely will be abused by certain members) ; some money to fix a few things like roads but not necessarily the things that may actually been neglected most ((nothing in there anywhere abt the myriad hazards on sidewalks, for example) &, as I mentioned before, severely underestimates the possible costs of projects.

Here's how Reed, who I respected when I got here 4 years ago, is panicky, as I described above: he's selling off city assets at sub-par prices, whether to whittle tiny bits from expenses or to toss deals to friends.
Further, if everything's so financially rosy, why not take a breath & think before acting ?
Naw, let's do it immediately (what before the opportunity vanishes ?).

These problems will be here tomorrow...if well-thought out solutions aren't developed they'll be here when half-baked methods have only temporarily "fixed" things.
Then what ?

I guess tomorrow morning we'll see, maybe, how foggy the future may be.

Posted by Darryl Weaver on 03/17/2015 at 5:22 PM

Re: “How we’re voting on the Infrastructure bond vote

T-SPLOST failed because suburbs voted against it.

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Posted by not_in_atl on 03/17/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “How we’re voting on the Infrastructure bond vote

The T-SPLOST failed because residents didn't trust local leadership, especially Kasim Reed. Nothing significant has changed for me to now decide to vote to issue a giant blank check to city "leadership". Unfortunately I have to vote no, and I will continue to do so until local leadership completely changes.

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Posted by bloodgimp on 03/16/2015 at 7:33 PM

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